Natural History Museum Of Zimbabwe

Arnoldia - Vol 10

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The Largescale yellowfish, Barbus marequensis, were collected in Mpopoma Dam, Matobo National Park, ZImbabwe from April 1987-March 1988. No marked difference in weight were noted between the sexes, although females…

Eilica giga a new species of Gnaphosidae collected southeast of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is described.

Lychas minshallae a new species of scorpion is described from Doddieburn Ranch, southern Zimbabwe.

Prosymna semifasciata, a new species belonging to the Prosymna ambigua group is described from Kwamgumi Forest in northeastern Tanzania.

Two specimens of the papermouth Barbus mattozi are reported. These are the first recorded specimens for the Upper Zambezi system. Details of the specimens are reported.

The first dinosaur trackway to be discovered in Zimbabwe is described. It is located in a medium-grained sandstone which probably represents the uncomformity between the Upper Karoo and Jurassic-Cretaceous sediments.…

Additional records of Uroplectes species in Zimbabwe are given and a key is given to species. Uroplectes ornatus is synonymised with Uroplectes flavoviridis, and Uroplectes triangulifer tristis, Uroplectes trianguifer flavidus…

The distribution of twelve species of insectivorous bats in Zimbabwe are reviewed in light of numerous new specimens which constitute significant range extensions. the first known specimen of Pipistrellus anchietai…

New distribution records are presented for five species of Free-tailed bats from Zimbabwe; and many of the specimens examined constitute significant range extensions. These include the first known specimens of…

The distribution of Epomophorus Bennett, 1936 in Zimbabwe was reviewed using available specimens in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe and published records. Distinguishing features of the genus are discussed.

The genus Leptotyphlops Fitzinger in Mozambique is reviewed on the basis of external morphology and visceral anatomy and a diagnostic key is provided.

The Karoo-aged sediments on the Sentinel ranch and Nottingham Estates, Limpopo Valley, Zimbabwe were analysed. Euskelosaurus, Massospondylus and rauisuchid fossils were found in the Mpandi formation.

A distinctive new species of Leptotyphlops, perhaps the most primitive in the genus, is described on the basis of a single specimen from Degeh Bur, on the western edge of…

Three new genera of Araneae are described, Cavillator, Monomotapa and Pignus, and twelve new species are described from Zimbabwe

A checklist is presented of 202 species of spider, from 32 families, which are known from published accounts to occur in Zimbabwe. References of these species are also given.

This paper reviews the distribution of the four species of leaf-nosed bats occurring in Zimbabwe: Cloeotis percivali, Hipposideros commersoni, H. caffer and Triaenops persicus based mainly on specimens in the…

The distribution, status and roosting behaviour of Tadarida fulminus, T. lobata and T. ventralis are reviewed in the light of new specimens from the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe collection.

This paper reports the unprecedented occurrence of the unusual vespertilionid bat, Mimetillus moloneyi thomasi, in Southern Africa based on a single specimen in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe collection.

Discoveries of new specimens of dark-winged Scotoecus from south central Africa expand the range of these vesper bats into western Zambia, and southern Mozambique.

An annotated list of 124 type specimens of Arachnids, Centipedes and Millipedes housed in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe is provided. This includes 20 Holotypes, 56 Paratypes, 3 Allotypes…

The lost type specimen of Heterolepis capensis A. Smith appears to have been a female of the taxon now known as Mehelya capensis savorgnani (Mocquard, 1887). In order to stabilise…

Three new species of Zelotine spiders from central and southern Africa are described:Camillina shaba from the D.R.C. Setaphis makalali from South Africa dn Urozelotes kabenge from Zambia.

A wild-caught hybrid between the Puffadder Bitis arietans and Gaboon viper Bitis gabonica was caught near the eastern border of Zimbabwe in 1992 and kept in captivity at Harare for…

This note presents new records and localities of spirostreptid millipedes in Zimbabwe. Since Hamer's (1998) checklist two new species of Bicoxidens have been described, a new record of Archispirostreptus tumuliporus…

This paper presents a checklist of 45 fishes recorded from Lake Kariba, a large man-made lake on the middle Zambezi River (Zimbabwe/Zambia), five of which were introduced.

A check-list of the 93 primary types (holotypes and syntypes) and 963 paratypes, representing 137 taxa, held in the collections of the Department of Herpetology,Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe. An…

An annotated checklist of the 77reptile and 27 amphibian species recorded from the Matobo Hills in southwestern Zimbabwe, together with ecological data, is followed by a series of synoptic keys.

A study of all the available material of Causus rhombeatus (Lichtenstein) from Zambia and Katanga in the Democratic republic of the Congo indicates that three specimens from along the Congo/Zambezi…

Myriopholis lanzai is described from the Ghat Oasis in the Fezzan, south-western Libya. It is closely related to M. macrorhynchus with which it has previously been confused, M cairi and…

A description of the tadpole of Tomopterna marmorata (Peters, 1854) is given based on specimens at various Gosner stages 25-28 collected from the Dibu-Dibu River north-western Zimbabwe.

The genus Ibala was described and revised in 2009 and the description of Ibala minshullae FitzPatrick based on a single specimen was included. During extensive field work at Debshan Ranch,…

Blossia falcifera Kraepelin 1908 were caught in pitfall traps over a 13 month period in a suburban garden in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Although individuals were caught throughout the year the highest…

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